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Tariq Ali – middle of the road?

By David Killen  

Whilst listening to Tariq Ali on Desert Island Discs yesterday, I recalled that I had once saved his life. Well, when I say “saved his life” I mean I braked very hard one evening to avoid knocking down a tracksuited figure who, on turning to acknowledge me with a guilty grin, revealed himself to be none other than the aforementioned 1960s lefty hero. Strangely, not long afterwards I was involved in a very similar incident—this time it was the actor Barry Foster with his hands on the bonnet and a terrified look in his eyes. On mentioning this coincidence to…

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